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Hidehito Adaniya, Martin Cheung, Cathal Cassidy, Masao Yamashita, Tsumoru Shintake
A new SEM-based in-line electron holography microscope has been under development. The microscope utilizes conventional SEM and BF-STEM functionality to allow for rapid searching of the specimen of interest, seamless interchange between SEM, BF-STEM and holographic imaging modes, and makes use of coherent low-energy in-line electron holography to obtain low-dose, high-contrast images of light element materials. We report here an overview of the instrumentation and first experimental results on gold nano-particles and carbon nano-fibers for system performance tests...
March 6, 2018: Ultramicroscopy
Tanya Moutray, Jennifer R Evans, Noemi Lois, David J Armstrong, Tunde Peto, Augusto Azuara-Blanco
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a chronic progressive disease of the retinal microvasculature associated with prolonged hyperglycaemia. Proliferative DR (PDR) is a sight-threatening complication of DR and is characterised by the development of abnormal new vessels in the retina, optic nerve head or anterior segment of the eye. Argon laser photocoagulation has been the gold standard for the treatment of PDR for many years, using regimens evaluated by the Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS)...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Tarisai Chiyaka, Phillis Mushati, Bernadette Hensen, Sungai Chabata, James R Hargreaves, Sian Floyd, Isolde J Birdthistle, Frances M Cowan, Joanna R Busza
Young women (aged 15-24) who exchange sex for money or other support are among the highest risk groups for HIV acquisition, particularly in high prevalence settings. To prepare for introduction and evaluation of the DREAMS programme in Zimbabwe, which provides biomedical and social interventions to reduce adolescent girls' and young women's HIV vulnerability, we conducted a rapid needs assessment in 6 towns using a "social mapping" approach. In each site, we talked to adult sex workers and other key informants to identify locations where young women sell sex, followed by direct observation, group discussions and interviews...
2018: PloS One
Amani Abu-Shaheen, Shehu Yousef, Muhammad Riaz, Abdullah Nofal, Sarfaraz Khan, Humariya Heena
Diagnosis of neuropathic pain (NP) can be challenging. The ID Pain (ID-P) questionnaire, a screening tool for NP, has been used widely both in the original version and translated forms. The aim of this study was to develop an Arabic version of ID-P and assess its validity and reliability in detecting neuropathic pain. The original ID-P was translated in Arabic language and administered to the study population. Reliability of the Arabic version was evaluated by percentage observed agreement, and Cohen's kappa; and validity by sensitivity, specificity, correctly classified, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve...
2018: PloS One
David Vrana, Viktor Hlavac, Veronika Brynychova, Radka Vaclavikova, Cestmir Neoral, Jiri Vrba, Rene Aujesky, Marcel Matzenauer, Bohuslav Melichar, Pavel Soucek
The prognosis of esophageal cancer (EC) is poor, despite considerable effort of both experimental scientists and clinicians. The tri-modality treatment consisting of neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by surgery has remained the gold standard over decades, unfortunately, without significant progress in recent years. Suitable prognostic factors indicating which patients will benefit from this tri-modality treatment are missing. Some patients rapidly progress on the neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy, which is thus useless and sometimes even harmful...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Melissa V Chan, Paul C Armstrong, Timothy D Warner
While there are many bench and bedside tests to assess platelet reactivity, ex vivo light transmission aggregometry (LTA) remains the gold standard. LTA, however, is expensive, time-consuming and requires dedicated equipment and staff, making it impractical in many situations. In addition, there is significant variability between data generated at different testing sites meaning that tests often need to be repeated if a patient is transferred to the care of a different hospital. As such, there is clearly an unmet need for standardization of platelet testing...
March 15, 2018: Platelets
Alborz Karimzadeh, Vanessa M Scarfone, Erika Varady, Connie Chao, Karin Grathwohl, John W Fathman, David A Fruman, Thomas Serwold, Matthew A Inlay
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the self-renewing multipotent progenitors to all blood cell types. Identification and isolation of HSCs for study has depended on the expression of combinations of surface markers on HSCs that reliably distinguish them from other cell types. However, the increasing number of markers required to isolate HSCs has made it tedious, expensive, and difficult for newcomers, suggesting the need for a simpler panel of HSC markers. We previously showed that phenotypic HSCs could be separated based on expression of CD11a and that only the CD11a negative fraction contained true HSCs...
March 15, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Ran Kornowski, Hana Vaknin-Assa, Abid Assali, Gabriel Greenberg, Orna Valtzer, Ifat Lavi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic performance of angiography-derived fractional flow reserve (FFRangio) measurements in patients with stable coronary artery disease when used online in the catheterization laboratory during routine coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: FFR, an index of the hemodynamic severity of coronary stenosis, is derived from invasive measurements using a pressure-monitoring guidewire and hyperemic stimulus. While FFR is the gold standard, it remains under-utilized...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Ankita Jagannath Lakade, Kothandapani Sundar, Prathapkumar H Shetty
A new approach was developed for a simple and easy colorimetric detection assay to detect the use of calcium carbide in artificial ripening of fruits. Residues of arsenic on the fruit surface were used as an indicator for this. Use of calcium carbide in artificial ripening has been banned in many countries including India. In the present study, we have used a gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric detection method for determination of artificial ripening of fruits. ICP-MS analysis showed the presence of higher amounts of arsenic on fruits ripened using calcium carbide...
March 15, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
M J Young, M Elmussareh, T Morrison, J R Wilson
Introduction Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is considered the gold standard surgical treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The number of TURPs performed has declined significantly over the last three decades owing to pharmaceutical therapy. TURP data from a single institution for the years 1990, 2000 and 2010 were compared to assess the difference in performance. Methods A retrospective analysis was undertaken of all patients who underwent TURP between January and December 2010...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
R Cuthbert, C Deutsch, A Roy, P Stimpson, H Patel
Introduction The free jejunal flap represents the gold standard for circumferential defects in upper digestive tract reconstruction. It is a technically demanding procedure with significant failure rates. Unrecognised failure leads to flap necrosis and potentially fatal sequelae, including sepsis and carotid artery bleed. Despite these catastrophic consequences, however, there remains no consensus on an optimum method for postoperative flap monitoring. Our unit has pioneered the use of external colour duplex ultrasound to monitor flap vascularity...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Tingting Wang, Jun Ma, Baoqi Yin, Xiaopeng Xing
We systematically studied the adsorption of O2 on Aun- in the size range of 0-1 nm at low temperatures, and determined new active sizes with n = 22, 24, 34, and 36. The kinetic measurements more clearly showed the correlation between the reactivity of Aun- with O2 and their electronic properties: the sizes with a close electron shell are always inert, and the sizes with a unpaired electron can chemically adsorb one O2 molecule if their adiabatic detachment energies (ADEs) are lower than a threshold around 3...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Marc Pretze, Andreas Hien, Matthias Raedle, Ralf Schirrmacher, Carmen Wängler, Björn Wängler
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have widely been used for 70 years in cancer treatment, but only in the last 15 years the focus has been on specific AuNPs with homogeneous size and shape for various areas in science. They constitute a perfect platform for multi-functionalization and therefore enable the enhancement of target affinity. Here we report on the development of tumor specific AuNPs as diagnostic tools intended for the detection of prostate cancer via fluorescence imaging and positron emission tomography (PET)...
March 15, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Peng Chen, Xiaohu Liu, Garima Goyal, Nhung Thi Tran, James Chin Shing Ho, Yi Wang, Daniel Aili, Bo Liedberg
Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) constitutes a versatile technique for biodetection exploiting the sensitivity of plasmonic nanostructures to small changes in refractive index. The optical shift in the LSPR band caused by molecular in-teractions in the vicinity of the nanostructures are typically < 5 nm and can readily be detected using a spectrophotometer. Widespread use of LSPR based sensors require cost effective devices and would benefit from sensing schemes that enables use of very simple spectrophotometers or even naked eye detection...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Jin-Wen Liu, Yu-Min Wang, Chong-Hua Zhang, Lu-Ying Duan, Zheng Li, Ru-Qin Yu, Jian-Hui Jiang
Unique physicochemical characteristics of graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) nanosheets suit them a useful tool for two-photon fluorescence bioimaging. Current g-CN nanosheets based imaging probes typically use the "always-on" design strategies, which may suffer from increased fluorescence background and limited contrast. To advance corresponding applications, g-CN nanosheets based activatable two-photon fluorescence probes remain to be explored. For the first time, we developed an activatable two-photon fluorescence probe, constructed from a nanoassembly of g-CN nanosheets and hyaluronic acid (HA)-gold nanoparticles (HA-AuNPs), for detection and imaging of hyaluronidase (HAase) in cancer cells...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Daniel Sutherland, Luke Kinsman, Stuart M Angiolini, Georgina M Rosair, Ai-Lan Lee
Hydroarylation of enantioenriched 1,3-disubstituted allenes has the potential to proceed with axial-to-point chirality transfer to yield enantioenriched allylated (hetero)aryl compounds. However, the gold-catalysed intermolecular reaction was previously reported to occur with no chirality transfer, due to competing allene racemisation. In this full article, we describe the development of the first intermolecular hydroarylations of allenes to proceed with efficient chirality transfer, and summarise some of the key criteria for achieving high regio- and stereoselectivities...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Tien D Tran, Mai T T Nguyen, Hoang V Le, Duc N Nguyen, Quang Duc Truong, Phong D Tran
An electrode made of Au nanoparticles, ca. 13 nm in diameter, displays outstanding catalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction in water. At an overpotential of 200 mV it operates with a catalytic rate TOF of 0.3 s-1 , which is among the best performances ever achieved for a Pt-free H2 -evolving catalyst.
March 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Erika Virmani, Julian M Rotter, Andre Mähringer, Tobias von Zons, Adelheid Godt, Thomas Bein, Stefan Wuttke, Dana D Medina
Controlled on-surface film growth of porous and crystalline frameworks is a central requisite for incorporating these materials into functional platforms and operational devices. Here, we present the synthesis of thin zirconium-based metal-organic framework (MOF) films by vapor-assisted conversion (VAC). We established protocols adequate for the growth of UiO-66, UiO-66(NH2 ), UiO-67, and UiO-68(NH2 ) as well as the porous interpenetrated Zr-organic framework (PPPP-PIZOF-1) as highly oriented thin films. Through the VAC approach, precursors in a cast solution layer on a bare gold substrate are reacting to form a porous continuous MOF film, oriented along the [111] crystal axis by an exposure to a solvent vapor under elevated temperatures of 100 °C and 3 h reaction times...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Xiaodong Zhang, Xiaokai Chen, Yao-Wen Jiang, Ningning Ma, Liu-Yuan Xia, Xiaotong Cheng, Hao-Ran Jia, Peidang Liu, Ning Gu, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
The therapeutic performance of cancer radiotherapy is often limited by the over-expression of glutathione (GSH) in tumor and low radiation sensitivity of cancerous cells. To address these issues, the facilely prepared histidine-capped gold nanoclusters (Au NCs@His) were adopted as a radiosensitizer with a high sensitization enhancement ratio of ~1.54. On one hand, Au NCs@His can inherit the local radiation enhancement property of gold-based materials (external regulation); on the other hand, Au NCs@His can decrease the intracellular GSH level, thus preventing the generated ROS from being consumed by GSH, and arrest the cells at the radiosensitive G2/M phase (internal regulation)...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Mengran Liu, Guoli Fan, Jiaying Yu, Lan Yang, Feng Li
Tuning the surface properties of supported metal catalysts is of vital importance for governing their catalytic performances in nanocatalysis. Here, we report highly dispersed nanometric gold nanoparticles (NPs) supported on Ni-Ti layered double hydroxides (NiTi-LDHs), which were employed in solvent-free and base-free selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol. A series of characterization techniques demonstrated that defect-rich NiTi-LDHs could efficiently stabilize Au NPs and decrease surface electron density of Au NPs...
March 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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